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  • February 20, 2015

Partner Column: Extending Your SaaS Applications with PaaS

by Debra Lilley, ACE Director, VP, Certus Cloud Services

In my first PaaS column
I talked about the Oracle
User Experience team and their 
Development Kit
 which I
was recommending as a blueprint for your own development. 

In my organisation we
are looking at PaaS to extend Cloud apps; PaaS4SaaS and at the end of last
month were given the opportunity to spend 3 days with Oracle Development’s UX
and work through this kit.

I have seen a few blogs
and heard people talk about how easy it is to build apps with PaaS and as I
explained last month in my post,  there
are many ways to do that, Java, APEX etc, however we need something different.

We are looking to extend
Oracle’s Cloud Applications which have a specific Simplified UI as part of
their enhance user experience, we need to use the same development tools as are
used by the Cloud Applications.

There were about 10 of us
in the workshop and we worked through a use case we had from start to finish to
build a PaaS extension. The Rapid Development Kit is actually a collection of
ADF artefacts that allowed us to start coding as soon as we knew what we
wanted. It gave us sample code that delivered the Simplified UI patterns and we
left the workshop able to demonstrate our use case. If you want to see it we
will be showing it twice at Collaborate. Session #10290 and #101090

What we were able to
validate was that we can extend cloud applications, and have those extensions
look and work the same way. We also want to use SOA for some more complex
processing and so we eagerly await the release of Process Cloud Service. Now if you
write your extensions for your existing applications the same way then you are
future proofing them, and get that modern UX your end users want.

You can learn more about
what the UX team do on their blog.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, VP Certus Cloud Services, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts 

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